What the World Needs Now by Butch Ford
As I look at the state of the world today, I can’t help but think about how things used to be. When we respected our elders, education was paramount and there was unity and structure among families. The neighborhoods and communities policed themselves. Peace and harmony were a way of life. But things are very different now. And it’s difficult to watch how far we’ve fallen as a People (African Americans). It’s deeply concerning. Our Civil Rights Pioneers are probably rolling over in their graves.
We’re so accepting of mediocrity and underachievement. What happened to the once proud, determined race who were driven by Faith? A lot has changed since those days. Currently, that’s too lengthy of a discussion. But sadly, we lack direction. And it’s going to take a lot of hard work, a change of philosophy/focus and some positive leadership to restore our purpose. Radio, television and video games are poisoning a whole generation.
Today…in the social media era, people are more concerned with likes, followers and views…more so than they are with morals, values and self-respect. The world is extremely selfish and monetarily driven. Our role models have dissolved…or just refuse to lead by example. The love of money is the root of all evil. And it’s killing us.
Controversy surrounding a sandwich from a fast food establishment, females twerking on video and the recording of physical altercations in public have trumped the more serious issues in our community…i.e.: the kidnapping of our black women and children for the purpose of sex and illegal black-market organ trafficking. This shit is real. And we are in danger. I haven’t even mentioned the resurgence of The Klan yet.
We must find a way to take back control of our communities. And it starts in our homes. Parents…we must do a better job of preparing our youth for the real world. Teach them right from wrong. They are our offspring…not our equals. They are products of their environment who mimic what they see…unless we show them a different way. We must also allow our educators to effectively do their jobs unapologetically, without stress or worries. We must hold our children accountable! Use tough love and discipline! They yearn for it.
Activities such as: Team Sports, Mentorship Programs and Church Involvement, will help us rebuild decades of hardship and blight that has robbed us of who we are and who we’re meant to be. Bring back Home Economics, Art, Music and Workshop in schools. Our youth need an outlet. Allow them to use their minds creatively and utilize these skills to excel. The trap has been set. The path has been laid out. But we can’t continue to fall victim anymore. This should motivate, and not hinder us anymore. We must rise above others’ expectations of us. Let’s do better.
Let’s be more than we’re expected to be. We are still those same proud, strong and determined people. What the world needs now is a lot of love and compassion mixed in with a little guidance and direction.